Valery was photographed at her east London studio where she lives and works alongside her fiancée Bruno Mouzoud and their beloved dog, Honey, who the couple rescued after finding her tied to a lamppost.
time, I seemed to fit in – nobody seemed to judge you on the way you dressed. I started working with a small clothing label called ‘Hyper Hyper’ in 1988 and stayed there for about a year. It was a crazy time for me – I had no ties and felt free to discover new things. It wasn’t always fun though because I wasn’t earning much money, but thankfully I had good friends who I could turn to for support. It was very different to the lifestyle I’d had in France. What did you do after you left Hyper Hyper? I had to return to France because my grandfather was very ill and I began work as an English teacher. It was an extremely well-paid job but being back in France really bored me so I spent a lot of my spare-time in bars and clubs. It was at this time that I met Bruno [Valery’s fiancée]. We both enjoyed clubbing and we
wanted to be a part of the new ‘rave’ culture but these parties were forbidden in France at this time. Finding another job was also very difficult: even though I had a degree in Journalism, magazines wouldn’t take me because of the way I dressed. They wanted me to be ‘proper’ and I just wasn’t! Bruno and I felt there were no possibilities for us in France, so we moved to London a year later. Bruno started studying Fine Art and I worked at the clothing store Whistles for a few years. This was a good experience for me as I was involved in both sales and visual merchandising but it was difficult job because they were not an easy company to work for. After this, I applied for a temporary position at the jewellery gallery, Jess James. When I first arrived, I wasn’t over-awed but thought it was a cute shop, on a
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